Kristen Wiig officially joins 'Anchorman' sequel
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WHO Kristen Wiig
THE MOVIE "Anchorman: The Legend Continues"
THE DEAL Whether her appearance with Will Ferrell at the Golden Globes was an informal audition or a preplanned teaser, Wiig has now joined the cast of this long-awaited sequel. Director Adam McKay made the announcement Tuesday with this tweet: "Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchorman 2. Cannonball!" A few hours later, the Twitter account for Ron Burgundy, the chauvinist San Diego newsman played by Ferrell, welcomed the actress and paid her a slightly off-color compliment. Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Christina Applegate also star in the film, due for release Dec. 20.
WHO Jeremy Renner
THE MOVIE "Kill the Messenger"
THE DEAL The star of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" reportedly has signed on for this drama about the controversial journalist Gary Webb. Renner will play Webb, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News whose explosive 1996 series "Dark Alliance" alleged a connection between the CIA, the Nicaraguan Contras and America's crack cocaine epidemic. After other publications poked holes in Webb's story, his own paper backed away from it; years later, Webb committed suicide. Focus Features will distribute the film, which is scheduled to begin production this summer.
THE MOVIE "Caris' Peace"
THE DEAL This documentary focuses on Caris Corfman, a Yale drama school graduate whose budding career in the late 1980s -- she appeared in the original Broadway production of "Amadeus" -- was derailed after an operation on a brain tumor virtually destroyed her short-term memory. Though unable to memorize lines or even remember the previous hour, Corfman eventually staged a 45-minute, one-woman show, reciting long-ago lines still lodged in her brain and new material from index cards. Gaylen Ross and Rebecca Nelson, who made the documentary, will appear at a local screening co-presented by the Head Injury Association.
INFO Thursday night at 6:30 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $15. 631-423-7610; cinemaartscentre.org.